I'd like to capture real Atari 2600 video game footage and upload it to YouTube, but I can't figure out how to clear up the picture. It's flashing and kind of wiggling. I made a short video that shows the problem:
Does anyone know what I can do to get a clear picture?
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The Atari 2600 (although invented less than 2 miles from here) was not a stable NTSC video source. It was intended for playback on a fast lock TV set. Not for capture. Recording devices expect stable spec video.
I'm sure a 2600 forum would have some who have solved this issue. I'm thinking frame sync.Recommends: Kiva.org - Loans that change lives.
There's a thread about NES capturing here: Nintendo NES Game Play video capture (recording)
Goes over specs, hardware needed, capture software, sample clips, etc.
I'd imagine NES and Atari 2600 are similar.
You may need a TBC to stabilize the signal between the console and the capture device.
I have a broken DVD recorder and running it through there didn't fix anything, just like the VCRs and a little RF Modulator that kind of looks like this, but there's something I didn't try until now.
The broken DVD recorder has S-Video output, so I plugged that into the little RF Modulator which has S-Video input, then ran the coaxial cable from the RF Modulator to the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-85 and now I'm getting a stable picture!
Here's what I did in case it might help others or in case I forget and need the info later:
1. Atari 2600 connected to broken DVD recorder using a Coaxial (F-Type) to Female RCA Adapter.
2. S-Video cable connected from broken DVD recorder to the RF Modulator.
3. Left and Right RCA cables connected from broken DVD recorder to the RF Modulator.
4. Coaxial cable connected from RF Modulator to Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-85.
Here's what it looks like now:
Last edited by Random Terrain; 10th Feb 2012 at 15:03.
I think some of the 2600 emulators will allow you to record their output.
If more people with knowledge would help with Stella (the best and most popular Atari 2600 emulator), it could save gameplay videos. When Stella can finally record gameplay videos, I'll do a happy dance until my feet bleed.
But it's still great that I can record real Atari 2600 gameplay since emulators aren't perfect yet. Stella might be the best Atari 2600 emulator, but you still need to test your games on the real thing.
CamStudio using the line-out/line-in trick to make the sound record properly without a lot of buzzing on my old computer. Here are a couple of examples:
I'd rather have Stella record its own video. It's on the to-do list, but I think it's way down the list. Aliens will probably land and suck out our brains before it happens.